Archives for Year: 2011

The Busiest Week in the World.

This is the busiest week in the world. It is! I know, you’re thinking I’m crazy. After all, loads of people have it off of school and work. It can’t be busy- they couldn’t possibly be wanting to do whatever it is you want to do! But they do. This is the one week you couldn’t pay me to go to Disneyland. It’s so crowded that all but their most expensive annual passes have them blacked out. They actually sell out of tickets. They actually close the front gates. If you thought other times were crowded, you don’t want to…

Happy Holidays!

Here’s a picture taken at Disneyland this year (by my mom) just outside Big Thunder Ranch! We’ll be spending the holidays here in California with my in-laws (we alternate holidays between families just to keep things simple), and while it’s a lot of driving around- there’s a formalish dinner and gifts tonight at one house, and a less formal dinner tomorrow. It should be fun! May you and yours have a wonderful end of the year!

Quiet.

Well, at least on the blog. Things have been hectic at home. We’re in week #1 of Winter Break- the Oldest Kidlet gets three weeks off of school. Add in the fact that Christmas is Sunday, and… well, things are crazy. Last Sunday, I had horrible stomach cramps and had to lie down. So TheBoy made Turtle Bread (bread that is shaped like a turtle, not made with) with the Oldest Kidlet. Monday, we ran errands, saw Santa, and broke out watercolors for the boys to paint with. Tuesday we… oh, I can’t remember what made Tuesday special. You see,…

Do you believe?

Tonight as I was scrolling through Google+, I saw a person comment that if they had money they’d start a company to make sure that if a kid were to Google “Is Santa Real?” that they’d get back a site that said yes. There were a lot of +1’s, but a few people tried to shame parents for lying to their children or for promoting a religion those, and some assumed that if your kids believe in Santa that you’re bribing them to behave. And it made me sad. I was probably about 8 when I found out Santa wasn’t…

Lazy Writing, H5O.

I watch Hawaii Five-O. It’s by no means a realistic show. But I sort of love that I can turn off my brain and watch some crazy TV show once a week. Let’s admit it- with the way the show was in the first season, there was no way that any case could have ever gone to trial. The second season started on a tense note. Steve was accused of murder, the team broken up. Kono lost her badge just as Steve was cleared and Hawaii Five-O was back in action. So while Kono brooded and was obviously doing undercover…

Progress of sorts.

Non-parents, I apologize. Nobody really wants to read about potty training. So feel free to skip this post. In the past I’ve talked about the Little Kidlet, and his stubbornness when it came to potty training. Yes, he’s four and still wears pull ups*. While he went through the motions in his class, he made it clear (with tantrums) that he wanted nothing to do with the bathroom here. And his teacher advised us to try, but not to force him. Because it’s not that he doesn’t understand, or is afraid… he just doesn’t want to do it. Since it’s…

Might as well jump!

My sister, who is in Japan, asked me for help in getting copies of two albums. One is David Foster’s “The Christmas Album” (which I have) and Kenny and Dolly’s “Once Upon a Christmas” – which I can’t find my copy of, and apparently you can’t download anywhere. You can buy people’s used CDs… but it seems odd that it isn’t still being distributed. Still working on that one, Weird. Over the weekend, we went to a friend’s daughter’s birthday party. She’s turning seven and had a Tangled themed party. I’d share pictures, but I really only got pics of…

The Tale of a Lost Jacket

My children are creatures of habit. Every morning, we come downstairs, and they have breakfast while I make OK’s lunch and LK’s snack. They get start getting dressed 15 minutes before we leave the house, and jackets are the last thing we tackle before heading out the door. It’s been cold enough in the mornings that I’ve needed gloves and hats for the boys in addition to their jackets. I finally broke out the long sleeved shirts that I’d set aside for cold weather (dresser drawers are only so big), too. LK picked out a bright red long sleeved shirt,…

A year ago.

A year ago, the world fell out from underneath me. You see, a year ago I found out that my best friend died (on the day before). It’s been a strange year. One filled with sadness and a lot of anger. A lot. I’m not an angry person, but this had me shouting to the skies because I was so mad. I’m still angry, but I suppose a part of me always will be. There is no making sense of it, that much I know. Jerad was a very private person, and while I was one of the closest people…

Crossroads and artichoke sauce.

One week ago exactly, I was talking to the triage nurse and being admitted to the ER. I have no idea what my hemoglobin level is at today, but I feel comfortable saying it must be pretty good. I have no idea what the future brings, except that it looks unlikely like I’ll have to stay on a gluten-free diet. But since I had a lot of really satisfying meals on my gluten-free diet (which was mostly an unprocessed diet, and I think that had a bigger effect on my health than removing gluten), I think I’m going to keep…